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post #11 of 18 Old 08-17-2014, 01:43 PM
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They don't NEED other horses. They can do fine and flourish without other horses.

The answer to number 3 is to wean her off her dependence on others. You don't fix a dependance by continuing on the same path. Or adding fuel to the fire.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-17-2014, 01:49 PM
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They don't NEED other horses. They can do fine and flourish without other horses.

The answer to number 3 is to wean her off her dependence on others. You don't fix a dependance by continuing on the same path. Or adding fuel to the fire.
I can not argue this enough... horses are herd animals. Horses need another animal to keep them company, a horse will not fully relax when it is alone. It doesn't NEED to be another horse, but it needs to be another animal such as a donkey, goat or even a cow.
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-17-2014, 03:20 PM
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4) Can I have the round bales on a wooden pallet to keep it off the ground? I don't have a hay feeder.

If I think of anymore little questions, I'll add them! Thanks! [/QUOTE]

If this mare is going to be left out alone with a round hay bale for extended periods of time, I would look into a hay hut. They are costly $750. +/- but they keep hay dry and off the ground. If she is a grazer and will self regulate her eating, it may last 10 - 14 days. I also agree that 1 is not a good number for a horse. Maybe you can pick up a mini for free.
Hay hut - just google it.
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-17-2014, 05:17 PM
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I can not argue this enough... horses are herd animals. Horses need another animal to keep them company, a horse will not fully relax when it is alone. It doesn't NEED to be another horse, but it needs to be another animal such as a donkey, goat or even a cow.
You can deny it all you want, but you can not argue it because there is no argument.

A horse does not NEED a companion. Yes they may prefer a herd but it's not a life sustaining nessesity.
They are adaptable. They can do fine without a companion. And yes, even relax, fully relax.

Try it.
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post #15 of 18 Old 08-17-2014, 05:23 PM
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You can deny it all you want, but you can not argue it because there is no argument.

A horse does not NEED a companion. Yes they may prefer a herd but it's not a life sustaining nessesity.
They are adaptable. They can do fine without a companion. And yes, even relax, fully relax.

Try it.
Horse doesn't necessarily need to be in the same pasture as another animal, but they NEED to be on the same property and within site of other animals. They are HERD animals. They stress and become depressed if they are not with other animals. You can argue all you want but science will tell you otherwise.

I will not try it, I am not that cruel to my animals, thanks though. But I have seen horses on a property, alone, with no other animals and they were constantly colicing, depressed and very obviously stressed out.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-17-2014, 09:41 PM
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Horse doesn't necessarily need to be in the same pasture as another animal, but they NEED to be on the same property and within site of other animals. They are HERD animals. They stress and become depressed if they are not with other animals. You can argue all you want but science will tell you otherwise.

I will not try it, I am not that cruel to my animals, thanks though. But I have seen horses on a property, alone, with no other animals and they were constantly colicing, depressed and very obviously stressed out.
As usual nothing is gained like this. You say no it's not good. I say it's fine. I say try it, You say no thanks I won't try it. I say it's doable (because I'm doing it now. And have been.) You say poppycock. You say you see other horses have problems, because of lack of social interaction, I say hooplah, because I've seen other animals also kept this way and they do fine.

For what it's worth, true life and experience will many times prove science and typical text book answers wrong.
It's one thing to read something and parrot what others say...but it's a whole nother deal to actually try something yourself and prove/disprove it.
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Just agree to disagree.

It can be done but it is better both physically and mentally for them
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-18-2014, 10:15 AM
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The barbed wire and pallets on the ground are major accidents waiting to happen. Consider a different type of fencing and a small companion like a rescue mini or donkey. There are plenty of them out there and they eat very
little. She'll feel safer and be happier if you do.
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